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June 16, 1932 – October 27, 2018

Lee Downs
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Obituary for Lee Downs

Joseph Lee Downs, 86, of Quincy, died unexpectedly, October 27, 2018.
Lee was born June 16, 1932, to Arthur and Birdie C. Hunt Downs, Smithfield, Cache County Utah. He was the eleventh child of 12, the eighth son. He grew up in Smithfield, learning to work alongside his father and siblings in the fields. He had a heart for farming early on. He graduated from North Cache High School and still attended high school reunions. He was an FFA North Cache Chapter president, a Star State Farmer, loved state conventions, received a Gold in Dairy Judging, Team Gold in Livestock Judging at Nationals in Iowa. The highlight being traveling there, in “Mr.Bair’s new Hudson” taking turns driving.

He met Mary Boman while they were attending North Cache High. They were married June 29, 1951, in the Logan Temple. From the beginning, they were like-minded in the goal of raising a family and farming for a living. In 1954 they left Cache Valley, grabbing that opportunity to develop their own farm in the Quincy Valley. Life was hard and work was hard in those early years for everyone. They moved here leaving family behind. This is where Lee and Mary would raise their family. Quincy would remain home for the rest of his life.
Early on he was progressive and embraced the advances in farming, seeing the success it brought. But more than that, Lee deeply believed in the value of farmers working together to better themselves and to receive true market value for their livestock and commodities.

Lee had a heart for service and was a forty plus year member of the Grant County 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale Association. He was honored with the Lee Solum Memorial award from the sale association, in recognition of his dedication to Grant County youth. As a founding board member of the North Central Washington Jr. Livestock Show, he worked to eventually have 4-H, FFA youth from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana come together to compete, showcase, and receive good compensation for their livestock projects. He made the show experience a positive one for several generations.

He loved his large family and would say of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren “I love them all and each one is my favorite” He loved his nieces and nephews. He attended many school athletic events. He had a great love for flag and country. He thought for himself. He loved to explore the Columbia Basin, taking old roads, side roads to known destinations. He treasured his relationships formed over the years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Boman Downs, son Jim Downs, grandson Eli Downs, infant great-grandson Gabriel. He is survived by brother Bob Downs Hyde Park,UT, sons John Downs (Claudia) of Murray UT, Tom Downs (Ann) of Quincy, Joseph Downs(Sharel) of East Wenatchee and daughters Peggy Downs of Seattle, MaryAnn Ramirez(Efrain) of Cheney, Nancy Combs of Quincy, Bee Downs of Moses Lake, and Beckie Torgersen (Byron) of Gilbert,AZ, and 26 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be held on Thursday, November 8th from 5 P.M. – 7 P.M. at Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, 300 G Street SE, Quincy, WA and on Friday November 9th from 10:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1101 2nd Ave SE, Quincy, WA.
A celebration of life service to follow at 12:00 P.M. (Noon).
Concluding services will follow in the Quincy Valley Cemetery, Quincy, WA.

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First Visitation

When Thursday, November 8th, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Scharbachs Columbia Funeral Chapel
300 G Street SE
Quincy, WA 98848

Second Visitation

When Friday, November 9th, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1101 2nd. Ave. S.E.
Quincy, WA 98848

Service Information

Friday, November 9th, 2018 12:00pm
Bishop Jacob Compton
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1101 2nd. Ave. S.E.
Quincy, WA 98848

Interment Information

Quincy Valley Cemetery
625 F Street SW
Quincy, WA 98848
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